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Tobacco use in Nevada 2017

CIGARETTE USE

  • In 2015, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Nevada was 17.6%. Nationally, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults was 17.5%.
  • In 2015, 7.5% of high school students (7.3% of male high school students and 7.6% of female high school students) in Nevada smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.8% of high school students smoked cigarettes on at least one day in the past 30 days.

Graph showing smoking rates in Nevada compared to the national average

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCT USE

  • The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among adults in Nevada was 3.2% in 2014.
  • In 2015, 5.1% of high school students in Nevada used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 7.3% of high school students used smokeless tobacco on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2015, 7.1% of high school students in Nevada smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 10.3% of high school students smoked cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days.
  • In 2015, 25.6% of high school students in Nevada used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 24.1% of high school students used electronic vapor products on at least one day in the past 30 days.

Graph showing other tobacco product use among High School students in Nevada

ECONOMICS OF TOBACCO USE AND TOBACCO CONTROL

  • In FY2017, Nevada allocated $1 million in state funds to tobacco prevention, which is 3.3% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Annual Spending Target.
  • Nevada received an estimated $207.7 million in tobacco settlement payments and taxes in FY2017.
  • The health care costs in Nevada, directly caused by smoking, amount to $1.08 billion annually.
  • Nevada loses $1.09 billion in productivity each year due to smoking.

STATE TOBACCO LAWS

EXCISE TAXNevada cigarette tax

  • The state tax increased to $1.80 per pack of cigarettes in July 2015. Nevada is ranked 21st in the United States for its cigarette tax. The national average cigarette tax is $1.71 per pack of cigarettes. The highest state cigarette tax is New York ($4.35) and the lowest state cigarette tax is Missouri ($0.17).
  • All other tobacco products are taxed at 30% of the wholesale price.

CLEAN INDOOR AIR ORDINANCES

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government workplaces, private workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, retail stores, and recreational/cultural facilities.
  • Smoking restrictions are required in bars (smoking allowed in bars or parts of bars if age-restricted).
  • Smoking is allowed on casino floors, but prohibited anywhere children are allowed to be (tribal establishments are exempt).

YOUTH ACCESS LAWS

  • The minimum age requirement for the purchase of tobacco products is 18.
  • Establishments are required to post signs stating that sales to minors are prohibited.
  • Tobacco products must be displayed behind a register for clerk’s access only.
  • The sale to minors of products made or derived from tobacco, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited.

CESSATION STATISTICS AND BENEFITS

  • The CDC estimates that 54.5% of adult every day smokers in Nevada quit smoking for one or more days in 2015.
  • The Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications beginning January 1, 2014. However, there is not yet evidence that the Nevada Medicaid program has complied with this requirement regarding NRT gum, NRT patch, and NRT lozenge. 
  • Nevada’s state quitline invests $3.05 per smoker; the national average investment per smoker is $3.46.
  • Nevada does not have a private insurance mandate provision for cessation.

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*last updated: May 1, 2017